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This three-star Grade II-listed country-house hotel features a characterful lounge with wood panelling, wonderful fine dining, country-style bedrooms and eight acres of grounds to explore.

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Nestled at the end of a long driveway on eight acres of stunning grounds just off the A337, this location is just a ten-minute drive from vibrant Lyndhurst, where guests will find a variety of cafés, restaurants and independent shops. The ornate Rhinefield Drive adorned with giant redwood trees, an expansive forest with grazing ponies, as well as attractions like Furzey Gardens and the Beaulieu Motor Museum, await exploration.

It's a 5-minute drive from the M27 and 15 minutes from the M3.

By car: the hotel is around 2 hours from London and Bristol and 4 hours from Sheffield. Free parking is available on-site.

By train: London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway takes just over an hour. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. Book trains to Southampton.

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Once a hunting lodge, this Grade II-listed home of Charles Darwin's geologist friend, Charles Lyell, exudes sophisticated charm. The atmosphere is laid-back, complemented by intriguing Lyell memorabilia adorning the walls. The impressive panelled gallery lounge, featuring Chesterfield sofas and a brick fireplace, along with the elegant orangery providing enchanting views of the gardens, contribute to the overall allure.

Service & Facilities

Amenities include an indoor heated pool, an outdoor terrace ideal for drinks, a lounge furnished with plush sofas for relaxation and expansive grounds for the younger ones to enjoy playtime; there's something for everyone. Despite a less-than-promising start with an uncooperative barman, the dining experience took a positive turn during dinner, thanks to the amiable waitstaff.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Every bedroom is uniquely decorated - some feature florals, vibrant patterns and kingsize beds, while others showcase a more subdued palette with neutrals and pastels, paired with double beds. The rooms do not have air-conditioning but are equipped with fans. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers and Temple Spa products, some also have a bath.

Room types: Extra Snug, Snug, Classic, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Charles Lyell Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with power shower, Temple Spa products, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Restaurants & Bars

Largely sourced locally, the food here is seriously good: think seared scallops zinging with pickled apple, fennel and vanilla foam, plus pan-fried sea bass and roast monkfish. The cooked breakfast excels with quality bacon, whilst a deconstructed Hob Nob dessert, which comprised mini cinnamon meringues, toffee popcorn, kirsch foam and mandarin sorbet, was top-notch.

New Forest Restaurant: informal, local ingredients, contemporary British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £16.

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